Yes, this set begins with a farewell — but a rather cheerful one despite the woebegone title. Just a wonderful band, caught in action at the 2012 San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival (thanks to Paul Daspit as well as the musicians!) — Tim Laughlin, clarinet; Connie Jones, cornet and occasional vocal; Mike Pittsley, trombone; Chris Dawson, piano; Katie Cavera, guitar; Marty Eggers, string bass; Hal Smith, drums.
MAMA’S GONE, GOOD-BYE:
AUNT HAGAR’S BLUES:
DO YOU EVER THINK OF ME?:
IF YOU WERE THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD:
SOME OF THESE DAYS (a feature for that superb rhythm team):
SLEEPY TIME DOWN SOUTH:
I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS:
DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO MISS NEW ORLEANS?:
Not exactly a Love Nest . . . more like a Love Fest. I could go on at length about the virtues of the players and the delicious ensemble textures . . . but it’s all audible to anyone who cares to sit down and listen. (It’s a Rolls-Royce of a band . . . but affordable!)
May your happiness increase.